Posted 8 years ago
This small antique googly doll (30cm/12") probably dates from the 1930s. She has a half-turned head with a moulded and painted cotton mask-face. The rest of her body is made of blue artificial silk knit material, possibly an early rayon. She probably originally had cotton floss curls on her forehead and temples, but only a tiny scrap of the forelock and some of the glue remain. She is wearing a cotton-lined dress and bonnet of extremely fine printed voile and cotton lace, possibly original. Her stuffing is very soft, possibly cotton wool or rags. The doll's design (construction, seaming on the body) and the materials used closely resemble the Kuddle Kewpie dolls patented by Rose O'Neill in January 1930 (Catalogue of Copyright Entries, 1931) and made by Krueger of New York, but several details differ: she lacks the miniature "wings" on the shoulders and the painting of the face is slightly different (more melon-shaped mouth, longer eyebrows). The Kuddle Kewpies do not appear to have had ribbon ties at wrists and ankles. They also appear to have been chunkier, and the faces fairly flat rather than moulded as here. Possibly this doll is a copy or spin-off by another maker.